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Rural North Carolina has some of the most beautiful scenery in America, as documented by the growing numbers of tourists.
Rural North Carolina has some of the most beautiful scenery in America, as documented by the growing numbers of tourists.
 
Our Senior Senator, Thom Tillis, has a target on his back. Angry, disillusioned partisans are calling him a traitor, a betrayer
Our Senior Senator, Thom Tillis, has a target on his back. Angry, disillusioned partisans are calling him a traitor, a betrayer
 
When I moved to Elizabeth City to take over management of our family-owned radio station one of my first initiatives was to hire a fulltime local newsperson.
When I moved to Elizabeth City to take over management of our family-owned radio station one of my first initiatives was to hire a fulltime local newsperson.
 
Many of us were mesmerized in watching some or most of the fifteen votes required to elect a Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives. I can’t remember which round it was when it hit me that North Carolina has been here before.
Many of us were mesmerized in watching some or most of the fifteen votes required to elect a Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives. I can’t remember which round it was when it hit me that North Carolina has been here before.
 
Our president wants to change up the presidential selection process by moving the first primary from Iowa to South Carolina, claiming the Palmetto state is more representative of the rest of the country.
Our president wants to change up the presidential selection process by moving the first primary from Iowa to South Carolina, claiming the Palmetto state is more representative of the rest of the country.
 
I’ve been attending too many funerals of friends lately, perhaps a further sign of my advancing age.
I’ve been attending too many funerals of friends lately, perhaps a further sign of my advancing age.
 
It takes a lot of chutzpah to speak to a group of doctors about healthcare, but I am known to venture into areas which I probably shouldn’t.
It takes a lot of chutzpah to speak to a group of doctors about healthcare, but I am known to venture into areas which I probably shouldn’t.
 
Legislative leaders are baffled. We all should be. After pouring more than $200 million additional dollars into helping our children read at grade level, they (and we) want to know when we are going to see results.
Legislative leaders are baffled. We all should be. After pouring more than $200 million additional dollars into helping our children read at grade level, they (and we) want to know when we are going to see results.
 
I love being in the presence of smart, articulate and visionary folks, even on a rainy, unseasonably cool mid-November evening.
I love being in the presence of smart, articulate and visionary folks, even on a rainy, unseasonably cool mid-November evening.
 
Just when you thought that politics - and those who participate in it - couldn’t sink any lower, along comes Kevin McCarthy, the man who wants to be the next Speaker of the House in Washington.
Just when you thought that politics - and those who participate in it - couldn’t sink any lower, along comes Kevin McCarthy, the man who wants to be the next Speaker of the House in Washington.
 
The post-election postmortems are still trying to sort it out. The midterm elections were supposed to be a Republican rout.
The post-election postmortems are still trying to sort it out. The midterm elections were supposed to be a Republican rout.
 
Die-hard politicos, pundits and partisans waited into early morning hours before getting real clarity on election winners and losers.
Die-hard politicos, pundits and partisans waited into early morning hours before getting real clarity on election winners and losers.
 
People are weary of the angry, hateful rhetoric and violence and many have just tuned out any political or current event discussions. It’s just better not to hear it, they say, than to have to deal with it.
People are weary of the angry, hateful rhetoric and violence and many have just tuned out any political or current event discussions. It’s just better not to hear it, they say, than to have to deal with it.
 
Much has been written and said concerning the November 8th elections, specifically about possible interference or disruptions when you go to vote
Much has been written and said concerning the November 8th elections, specifically about possible interference or disruptions when you go to vote
 
Don’t be surprised when Republicans retain control of both houses in our legislature in the upcoming November 8th elections. They should.
Don’t be surprised when Republicans retain control of both houses in our legislature in the upcoming November 8th elections. They should.
 
Have you ever checked your email or logged into a social media site and suddenly see an ad for a product or service you recently had researched online? How did they know I was looking for a widget, you wonder?
Have you ever checked your email or logged into a social media site and suddenly see an ad for a product or service you recently had researched online? How did they know I was looking for a widget, you wonder?
 
Fewer than four weeks remain before the midterm elections. Seasoned political pundits always await the “October Surprise,” some last-minute revelation that impacts the outcome.
Fewer than four weeks remain before the midterm elections. Seasoned political pundits always await the “October Surprise,” some last-minute revelation that impacts the outcome.
 
Sometimes simple explanations aren’t enough. That’s certainly the case with a North Carolina lawsuit the U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to consider.
Sometimes simple explanations aren’t enough. That’s certainly the case with a North Carolina lawsuit the U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to consider.
 
I can understand those who say they would rather “push a Ford than drive a Chevy.” And it is acceptable that some prefer Coke to Pepsi. There’s even space for those misguided souls who would rather have a Big Mac than a Whopper. Those are personal preferences and subject to personal opinion.
I can understand those who say they would rather “push a Ford than drive a Chevy.” And it is acceptable that some prefer Coke to Pepsi. There’s even space for those misguided souls who would rather have a Big Mac than a Whopper. Those are personal preferences and subject to personal opinion.
 
The Washington Post surveyed 19 of the most competitive election races in the country this year asking candidates, “Will you accept the results of your election?”
The Washington Post surveyed 19 of the most competitive election races in the country this year asking candidates, “Will you accept the results of your election?”
 
Elections have consequences, as we know all too well. This year’s November 8th midyear elections could prove to be among the most consequential on both the federal and state levels.
Elections have consequences, as we know all too well. This year’s November 8th midyear elections could prove to be among the most consequential on both the federal and state levels.
 
Labor Day signals the end of summer for many and has been a good time to reflect on where things stand and look ahead for things to come.
Labor Day signals the end of summer for many and has been a good time to reflect on where things stand and look ahead for things to come.
 
Back in the “bobby-sox 60’s” era Neil Sedaka recorded the song, “Breaking Up is Hard to Do.” I thought about it in contemplating a break-up of my own.
Back in the “bobby-sox 60’s” era Neil Sedaka recorded the song, “Breaking Up is Hard to Do.” I thought about it in contemplating a break-up of my own.
 
The North Carolina Supreme Court has opened Pandora’s box with their 4-3 decision on Voter ID. In Greek mythology Pandora’s curiosity led her to open a container entrusted to her husband, unleashing what we today call “a can of worms.”
The North Carolina Supreme Court has opened Pandora’s box with their 4-3 decision on Voter ID. In Greek mythology Pandora’s curiosity led her to open a container entrusted to her husband, unleashing what we today call “a can of worms.”
 
Bells are ringing across North Carolina as some 1.5 million children start another school year. Can you remember your back-to-school experiences?
Bells are ringing across North Carolina as some 1.5 million children start another school year. Can you remember your back-to-school experiences?
 
To paraphrase Alice, who used the term to describe her adventures in Wonderland, election politics in America is getting “curiouser and curiouser.” North Carolina has been in the forefront of innovation and implementation
To paraphrase Alice, who used the term to describe her adventures in Wonderland, election politics in America is getting “curiouser and curiouser.” North Carolina has been in the forefront of innovation and implementation
 
Why does it seem we are willing to talk ourselves into a recession?
Why does it seem we are willing to talk ourselves into a recession?
 
Probably one of the first things you memorized and repeated in school every morning was the Pledge of Allegiance. “I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America and to the Republic for which it stands…..”
Probably one of the first things you memorized and repeated in school every morning was the Pledge of Allegiance. “I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America and to the Republic for which it stands…..”
 
It's been said North Carolina is politically a purple state, a mixture of red (Republican) and blue (Democrat). Now we might have to add green to the mix, since the Green Party has petitioned to gain statewide ballot access in this November's general elections.
It's been said North Carolina is politically a purple state, a mixture of red (Republican) and blue (Democrat). Now we might have to add green to the mix, since the Green Party has petitioned to gain statewide ballot access in this November's general elections.
 
There’s nothing better than curling up with some great fiction and a glass of sweet tea. But who would have suspected that fiction is transcripts of the January 6th House committee hearings?
There’s nothing better than curling up with some great fiction and a glass of sweet tea. But who would have suspected that fiction is transcripts of the January 6th House committee hearings?
 
Over the July 4th holiday we experienced the traditional red, white and blue salutes to our nation, along with tributes paid the patriots who signed the Declaration of Independence.
Over the July 4th holiday we experienced the traditional red, white and blue salutes to our nation, along with tributes paid the patriots who signed the Declaration of Independence.
 
There’s not much middle ground regarding the Supreme Court’s Roe v. Wade decision. I’ve listened to some praising our Justices as well as others, usually louder, vilifying them.
There’s not much middle ground regarding the Supreme Court’s Roe v. Wade decision. I’ve listened to some praising our Justices as well as others, usually louder, vilifying them.
 
Lately, I’ve been thinking about the word balance. We refer to a well-balanced life as one with equilibrium between work, family and recreation.
Lately, I’ve been thinking about the word balance. We refer to a well-balanced life as one with equilibrium between work, family and recreation.
 
HB755, also known as the Parents’ Bill of Rights, isn’t the most egregious legislation to ever pass our General Assembly. That crown will forever belong to HB2, the so-called bathroom bill.
HB755, also known as the Parents’ Bill of Rights, isn’t the most egregious legislation to ever pass our General Assembly. That crown will forever belong to HB2, the so-called bathroom bill.
 
Bob Gibson was in the second wave of troops storming Normandy’s beaches on D-day. Now 100 and wheelchair bound, NBC Nightly News filmed his return 78 years later.
Bob Gibson was in the second wave of troops storming Normandy’s beaches on D-day. Now 100 and wheelchair bound, NBC Nightly News filmed his return 78 years later.
 
Each Sunday morning during spring, summer and early fall The Oriental United Methodist Church has services on the riverfront.
Each Sunday morning during spring, summer and early fall The Oriental United Methodist Church has services on the riverfront.
 
The first day of class the law professor strode into the room. The first thing he did was ask for the name of a student sitting in the front row.
The first day of class the law professor strode into the room. The first thing he did was ask for the name of a student sitting in the front row.
 
Pundits and politicos like to talk about “mainstream” or “main street” Republicans, as if they made up a significant percentage of today’s GOP.
Pundits and politicos like to talk about “mainstream” or “main street” Republicans, as if they made up a significant percentage of today’s GOP.
 
When lawmakers return to Raleigh May 18th for the “short” session they will be greeted by good news.
When lawmakers return to Raleigh May 18th for the “short” session they will be greeted by good news.
 
Some of us still haven’t put the 2020 elections to bed even as early voting has started for the 2022 Primary Elections.
Some of us still haven’t put the 2020 elections to bed even as early voting has started for the 2022 Primary Elections.
 
North Carolina is neither a red state, nor blue. It is increasingly becoming a gray state. In 1960 our state’s median age was 25.5 years.
North Carolina is neither a red state, nor blue. It is increasingly becoming a gray state. In 1960 our state’s median age was 25.5 years.
 
Sure as Christmas falls on December 25th you can count on a legion of political candidates taking to the airwaves declaring they feel compelled to serve the public, pledging to listen to and follow the will of the people.
Sure as Christmas falls on December 25th you can count on a legion of political candidates taking to the airwaves declaring they feel compelled to serve the public, pledging to listen to and follow the will of the people.
 
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